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Ever since the color wheel plan, I have been doing lots of test skeins.  Really, I am just trying to figure out how dye works.  Based on my small amount of experience, I would have to say that so far dye is a hard medium to work with.  With a little more practice and time, I just might get there.  Where there is, I have no idea.  What I do know is that I really enjoy dyeing yarn.  Especially when it turns out how I want!

A couple of posts ago, I spoke about the color sage.  However, I did not post a picture of the final outcome.    On a whim, I decided to just go for it and dye a skein of BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) sock yarn that I picked up a while back.  There is a natural shine to the yarn that allows color to show very well.  Not to mention it is incredibly soft. Reminds me SO much of Malabrigo sock yarn.

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IMG_1873I just love the effect of kettle dyeing.  You get so many shades in one skein.

Feeling brave I decided to give a couple more colors a shot.  My sister suggested salmon and here is how it turned out:

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My husband commented:  “Wow, that is the first time that you said what color you wanted to make and it actually turned out that color.”  haha – Nice.  The other sample skein is my attempt at navy.  I think it is hard to mess up navy.  The two colors compliment each other nicely.

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Did you know that the color ‘sage’ is achieved by mixing rust orange with blue? Apparently equal parts of each.  Who knew?  I would have never guessed that.  In the photo, the skein on the right was my first attempt at sage.  Didn’t go so well but didn’t end terribly either.  In fact, I think it is a rather nice army green.  Attempt #2, which is pictured on the left went a lot better and is closer to sage, obviously.  However, it’s still not right.  Or maybe it is?  Not sure.  One thing I do know – dyeing yarn is a crap shoot in the beginning.  I have only been on this adventure for about a month or so now and I have already learned a ton.  Not only do you have to mix the dyes correctly, but you have to know how much to dilute the dye to get the shade you want.  With that being said, these two skeins came from the same dye recipe, one was just diluted a LOT more than the other.  DUH BRENNA!  Beginner Yarn Dyeing lesson for the day is now over.

Well, the rain did not stop, but I did manage to take a couple of pics last night.

Blue Raspberry.  Aran Weight.  100% Organic Merino Wool.  3 ply:

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Purple Illumination.  Sock weight.  100% Merino Wool.  Superwash.  3 ply:

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OK, so I need some feedback here.  What do ya’ll think?  That’s right.  I used the word ‘ya’ll’.

Since the color wheel plan, I have been busy dyeing.  While nothing has been absolutely amazing, I am learning a thing or two about mixing colors.  1) Never start mixing dye with the darker color and 2) red is WAY more potent than most colors.

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Believe it or not, I only used two colors to make each of these skeins.   Kettle dyeing is truly amazing.  You just never really know what you are going to get.  Not only do the dye colors change once heat is applied but with kettle dyeing you get SO many hues of one color.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…simply magical!